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Book by Book Series (20 vols.)

by Blackham, Paul

Biblical Frameworks 2006–2013

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Gathering Interest
Book by Book Series (20 vols.)
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Overview

The Bible is the most important text ever written, and Paul Blackham’s Book by Book series teaches how to read the Bible accordingly. The series focuses on one whole book of the Bible at a time in order to capture the breadth and depth of what each author—inspired by God—meant to convey. Blackham’s exegesis is both deep and accessible, with something to offer lifelong Bible readers as well as those who may be approaching it for the first time. Blackham works his way through each book verse by verse, but he always keeps the meaning of the the whole in mind.

The series pays particular attention to reading biblical text not only as part of a whole book, but also as part of God’s narrative for the whole Bible and all of creation. Each guide pays special attention to how Jesus is the hero of the Bible from creation to final revelation, and how you can meet the savior of the world in every part of Scripture.

Whether for personal study, small groups, or an entire congregation, the Logos editions are the best way to use this series. Tablet and mobile apps allow you to take the text with you. Deepen your study with Faithlife to access and share your questions and observations with your community, all from your mobile device. As you dive into each book of the Bible, original language helps, dictionaries, commentaries, and a wealth of other resources are just a click away. The fully indexed texts enable powerful searches by word or topic across your entire library. Logos is the best way to do modern Bible study.

Key Features

  • Takes a book-by-book approach to reading the Bible
  • Describes Jesus as the hero of the whole Bible
  • Is perfect for individual study, small groups, or whole congregations

Praise for Biblical Framework’s Book by Book series

Joy in the word, depth of insight, pastorally sensitive, theologically sharp and yet accessible to anyone. This is a unique resource which will bless the soul and stir hearts to deep devotion to our wonderful Savior Jesus.

—Rich Owen, assistant pastor, City Evangelical Church, Leeds

Paul Blackham’s series, Book by Book, is one of the few available study series today which takes seriously the early Church (and scriptural) teaching of the pre-existent Christ. In that sense, the series challenges disciples with a fresh look (from the eyes of the ancient Christian) at passages we had thought we knew so well. It rewards us with the fruit of a new confidence in the everliving Word and the unchanging Lord God.

—Edward F. Duffy, adjunct professor of New Testament Greek, Hartford Seminary

Individual Titles

Genesis: The Book of Beginnings

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 96

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Genesis sets the scene for everything else in the whole Bible. Discover why humanity was created as we are, and where evil, death and suffering came from. Meet interesting characters such as Abraham, the great man of faith, and Jacob, a deceitful schemer who finally trusts in the Lord and lives out his faith in pressurized circumstances.

Exodus: That Rock Was Christ

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 112

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The book of Exodus provides the theological framework for the rest of the Bible. While Genesis sets the scene, it is Exodus that maps out the doctrinal logic of the Bible. It explains sin has affected humanity’s relationship with God, and how the Lord bringing his people out of Egypt is a powerful prophecy of the way the promised messiah would rescue his people through all history from the power of sin and the Devil. Exodus teaches about the Trinity, why Jesus died at the feast of the Passover, and how the Tabernacle teaches about the whole universe and the effects of sin upon it.

Leviticus: Holistic Holiness

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 140

If the book of Genesis set the stage for the Bible’s story and Exodus established the theological framework, then the book of Leviticus takes readers into that theological framework to explain the inner workings. The book of Leviticus takes explains the theological engine of the Scriptures to show how and why the work of the messiah is what it is.

Joshua: The Book of Jesus; the Day of Justice

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 112

In this booklet, Blackham explains that if we are to really understand why the Living God allowed the events of the book of Joshua to happen and why the Holy Spirit recorded these extraordinary events for us, we need to approach the book in the full context of the whole Bible, understanding this special book in the way it was originally intended. The name Joshua is the Hebrew form of the name Jesus, meaning the Lord is salvation. If this book had simply been called Jesus then the meaning of the book would have been much more obvious to all the readers down the generations. It is a book about a man called Jesus defeating the enemies of the Lord God and bringing the church into her promised land. It is an ancient prophecy about the work of Jesus of Nazareth, born some 1,400 years after Jesus son of Nun lived.

Esther: Every Decision is from the Lord

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 180

The very fact that the living God is not mentioned once in Esther might seem strange, but it is no accident. Blackham explains that even as believers go through their daily lives they do not always see the hand of the Father, the glorious rule of Jesus or the comforting, or the strengthening care of the Holy Spirit. The book of Esther teaches that the living God is hard at work in all the complexities of life even though he rules from the throne-room in the invisible creation.

Psalms 20–29

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 64

Psalms 20–29 are taken from one of the most exciting sequences in Psalms. Blackham shows how they are packed full of detailed prophecy and messianic hope, as they get to the very heart of the gospel of the living God. The sufferings, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ and the response of the church are explored in great detail. These psalms display the very thoughts and prayers of Jesus as he endured the most terrible suffering.

Isaiah: He Saw Jesus’ Glory and Spoke about Him

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 192

In this volume Blackham shows why Isaiah has been described as the fifth gospel. It is full of the birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension and return of Jesus Christ. Constantly quoted by Jesus and his apostles, Isaiah provides so much of the theological foundation for the New Testament. In the temple, Isaiah was confronted with the glory of king Jesus, enthroned over all. He lived through the reigns of four different earthly kings, but he had gazed on that earth-shattering glory of the king of kings. Yet, that awesome king of glory, worshipped by the greatest angelic creatures, is Immanuel, born of a human woman.

Daniel: The Son of God; the Son of Man

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 126

World history is filled with the rise and fall of kingdoms, multi-national companies, ideologies, and empires. There are wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines. How can the church of the living God stand firm in the middle of such turmoil? The great message of the book of Daniel is that Jesus, the Son of Man, the king of the everlasting kingdom, is on the throne of the universe—high above all the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms and high above all the earthly kings and kingdoms. The Son of Man has been given all authority and power from the Ancient of Days and is able to raise up or humble anybody he chooses.

This volume explains how Daniel shows how to hold onto the reality of the Jesus Christ in a world that we don’t control, a world that is full of values and assumptions that are hostile to the ways of God. He shows how to keep one’s true identity as a citizen of the everlasting kingdom of heaven while remaining a citizen of earthly kingdoms that come and go. Daniel shows how to work with integrity and excellence even when surrounded by colleagues who openly reject the living God.

Jonah: The Lord is the Great Evangelist

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 80

God’s passion for evangelism is so much greater than ours yet the Living God insists on reaching the world through his church. Blackham explains how Jonah not only portrays one of the most powerful pictures of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but is also a demonstration of the power of God the evangelist, even through his unfaithful and reluctant people. Jonah has to learn of God’s great compassion even for the most wicked people. If he will hear Jonah when Jonah is falling into death, then he will also hear the people of Nineveh when they call out for mercy from the depths of darkness. Jonah tells us that the Jesus went into that darkness and death to rescue us at our weakest and worst.

John: You Must be Born Again

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 126

In this volume Blackham explains that as we study John we find ourselves taken to the central gospel truths of the whole Bible. John takes us deeper into those realities. This Gospel expands our view of Jesus, showing us again and again that he is the eternal son of the Father, the divine mediator over the whole creation, and lord of the New Creation.

Acts: The Continuing Acts of Jesus in all the Nations

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 184

The book of Acts is the second volume of Luke’s research. The first volume is an account of what Jesus began to do and this second volume is what Jesus continued to do after his ascension. Luke chose a narrow perspective, ignoring the spread of the Gospel across North Africa or into the nations east of Jerusalem. What of the apostle Thomas in India or Thaddeus in Odessa? Whether Luke knew about these continuing works of Jesus or not, we cannot say, but what we do know is that Luke was a traveling companion of the apostle Paul. Luke wrote about the spread of the Gospel to the nations that he was involved in. The apostles have a unique foundational place in that work, but the church today is also part of that ongoing work of Jesus. The apostle Paul became involved in an intense dispute about the place of foreigners in the people of God. We know that Paul found himself in a life or death struggle over the freedom of the nations of the world to be full members of the people of God through trusting Jesus. The Holy Spirit selected the lives of Peter and Paul to be recorded in the Bible in order to present the vital issues of global Christianity to the church in every age.

2 Corinthians: The Power of Jesus in Our Weakness

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 144

The Corinthian church faced a terrible crisis with influential leaders claiming to be powerful apostles. These “super apostles” boasted about all kinds of spiritual experiences, speaking skill, and financial power. In 2 Corinthians, Paul is forced to open up his life as never before in order to show the confused Corinthian saints what it really means to serve the church. Blackham suggests that if we want to lead a church, a small group, or our family, then, rather than turn to the countless modern books on leadership, let's study this letter from the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ to his saints in every age.

Galatians: The Gospel of Abraham; the Law of Moses

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 96

In this volume, Blackham explains how Galatians shows that Jesus is the remedy to religious slavery. All fleshly categories that constrain people are blown apart by his life, death and resurrection. When we come to Jesus we find the answer to all things. He is the hope and desire of the ages and the nations.

Ephesians: The Church, the Bride of Christ

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 120

In this volume Blackham explains how Paul’s letter to the Ephesians will take us down into the heart of our lives together in the local church. Blacham reveals Paul’s answer to questions like why is it so important to be part of a local church? How is the local church the answer to the social problems of the world? Why is it the proper context for our marriages, families, and careers? and why is the church the very center of the universe?

Philippians: Live as a Citizen Worthy of the Gospel of Christ

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 104

This volume helps bring out the theme in Philippians of contentment in all circumstances. While Paul was in prison, he wrote to the new Philippian Christians to explain how to be joyful and godly whether they are rich or poor, slandered or praised, in comfort or pain.

1 and 2 Thessalonians: The Return of Jesus; Turning the World Upside Down

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 80

This volume focuses on the return of Jesus from heaven as the heart-beat of the letters to the Thessalonians, written by Paul, Silas, and Timothy to this young church. If the Thessalonians fixed their hopes clearly and faithfully on their wonderful resurrection future with Jesus then they would be able to endure the lies, violence, rejection, and pressure of living for Jesus in Thessalonica. The Book by Book study fleshes out the encouragement, pastoral concern, and loving Christian teaching in Thessalonians, and helps encourage believers to keep their focus on the return of Christ as king and remain faithful to the Gospel.

2 Timothy: Thoroughly Equipped for Every Good Work

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 104

2 Timothy is probably the very last letter that the great apostle Paul ever wrote. Having walked the way of Jesus for so long, what final wisdom would he have for a young man who still had far to walk? Blackham identifies a need today for faithful Bible teachers in every local church. The church has been devastated by false teachers, self-serving personalities, status-seeking careerists, and those who do little more than declare their own religious opinions or home-spun wisdom from the pulpit. The Book by Book guide helps readers learn how Paul addresses this issue in 2 Timothy.

James: By Their Fruit You Will Know Them

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 108

The book of James challenges us with the most basic and essential realities of life, driving us to face up to the truth about following Jesus the messiah. James gives us the truth without ornament. He cuts through the kinds of excuses and delusions we cloud ourselves with. It often seems that people speak of faith as if it were a matter of vague and dreamy ideas. People sometimes imagine that a mere intellectual assent to propositions within the creed is the same as genuine faith in Jesus. Others think that believing in Jesus is just about eternal fire insurance rather than actually following Jesus day-by-day. The Book by Book study of James shows how the text destroys these empty notions of faith.

1 Peter: The Sufferings of Christ and the Glories that Follow

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 108

The Booky by Book study of this letter of Peter takes us right down into the heart of the challenges of following Jesus during times of trial, suffering, and sacrifice. Peter learned a new wisdom, the profound, hidden wisdom of Jesus. The way of the Cross is the way of true life, eternal life, and resurrection life. The sufferings and death of Jesus blazed a path through the seemingly barren way of suffering into his glorious resurrection life and a renewed future universe.

Revelation: Jesus if the Lord of History

  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Series: Book by Book
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 208

The book of Revelation has fascinated the world down the ages. The very name of the book suggests that it can tell us the deepest secrets of the universe and history. The Book by Book guide shows how this wonderful book takes us to the very heart of all history. We find Jesus Christ sharing the throne with his Father, surrounded by the Holy Spirit. At the center of reality, behind all the apparent confusion and chaos of this passing age, the living God rules through Jesus, the lamb and lion of God. Jesus and his bride, the church, are seated in heaven far above all the powers of this age, as we wait for that day of judgment and new creation.

Product Details

  • Title: Book by Book Series
  • Author: Paul Blackham
  • Publisher: Biblical Frameworks
  • Volumes: 20
  • Pages: 2484

About the Author

Paul Blackham was born into an evangelical home in Lancashire, England. His father was a Methodist preacher, and Paul followed in his footsteps. He earned his PhD in theology from Kings College and trained to be a Church of England minister at Oak Hill Theological College.